This Persian Chicken Kabob, Joojeh Kabob, is marinated in saffron, grated onion, lemon, and garlic. It's usually cooked on a charcoal grill, but you can also cook it in your oven under the broiler. I'll show you how to do both!
½teaspoonsaffronbloomed/steeped in 1 tablespoon of hot water
salt and pepper
Cut the 1.5 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs into even, square pieces. Do not remove all the fat. The pieces should be approximately 1.5-2 inches wide.
Add ¼ cup oil (any flavorless oil or olive oil), ¼ cup lemon juice, 1 grated onions, 3 cloves crushed garlic, ½ teaspoon saffron crushed in your fingers and bloomed/steeped in 1 tablespoon of hot water, salt, and pepper. Marinate for a minimum of 2 hours and up to overnight.
Thread the chicken pieces onto the skewers, and shake off any excess onion and marinade or it will burn when you cook it.
TO GRILL: Cook the skewers with the grill open over high heat. It will take 8-10 minutes per side.BAKE and BROIL: Preheat your oven to 450F. Line your broiling pan with foil and top with the skewered chicken. Bake for 8-10 minutes, flipping half-way through. Then turn on the broiler and broil for an additional 2 minutes, flipping half-way through, to get a nice light char on the edges.
TIP: If you are using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 15 minutes so they do not burn. Here are the metal skewers I use. They are much less expensive if you can find them at a Middle-Eastern market.Traditionally, Persian kabobs like this joojeh kabob are cooked in an open charcoal grill like this one. I cook mine in a Big Green Egg and they come out great. You can really use any charcoal grill. This small, portable charcoal grill is a fantastic, inexpensive choice.The onion in the marinade is grated instead of diced. This increases the surface area of the onion. The onion has enzymes that helps tenderize the meat and so does the lemon juice.You can tell saffron is real is by crushing it between your fingers. There should be a yellow residue on your fingers. You can find saffron in Middle-Eastern markets or online.Serve with barbecued tomatoes, Persian steamed rice, and salad.